While gutters play a very important role in draining rain water away from your home, they are quite easy to forget about. As you often cannot see the build-up in your gutters it becomes quite easy to forget about them until it’s too late. But gutters are very important in maintaining the structural integrity and waterproofing of the roof, walls and home as a whole. So, it is important to correctly maintain them!
Effects of Clogged Gutters
Before we even talk about the best time of the year to get your gutters cleaned, here is what will happen if you let your gutters clogged.
- Clogged gutters lead to the overflowing of water which damages the walls as it pours down. This overflowing water starts by damaging the paint and the sides of your home. Even worse, if your walls are made of wood, absorbing water continuously makes them rot, something that is hard to notice before it’s too late.
- Blocked water in the gutters ends up freezing during winter. As water freezes, it expands and pushes up against the structure of your roof beneath the shingles. This destroys the wood and leads to more leakages.
- If you didn’t know, clogged gutters also result to cracking of foundations and flooding of basements. That’s because if the water is not properly drained by gutters, it settles and seeps into the foundation. When it freezes, it will expand and lead to cracks which in the end lead to flooding of your crawl space or basement.
- When you let your gutters get filled up to the brim with debris such as twigs, leaves and even dust. This trapped debris has the capacity to absorb rain water, causing it to become extra heavy. This puts excess strain on your gutters and the brackets that hold it in place, they can get pulled off your house. Obviously, it will cost a lot of money to replace fallen damaged gutters and anything that they end up hitting as they fall down.
When Should You Get your Gutters Cleaned?
So, what is the best time of the year to get your gutters cleaned? Well, the best answer to this question is that it will all depend. Well, most people argue that it’s best to get your gutters cleaned in Autumn right after the leaves have fallen off the trees. But not all trees are deciduous, many drop their leaves throughout the year, or at different times. So once a year is not always enough depending on where you live.
Also, gutters can also get filled up with fine debris such as roof tile debris and accumulated dust/soil which after a bit of rain, lead to flourishing of foliage that clogs the gutters. You can easily notice this growth emerging from your rood right around spring and summer, and that is a sign that you need to get your gutters cleaned before the problem escalates.
Therefore, as a rule of thumb, we recommend that you should get your gutters cleaned twice each year. Once in spring after the majority of leaves have fallen and before winter when the gutters are the busiest removing water from your home. This is a lot of work which is why we recommend calling in a team of professionals, like the team at Endeavour Property Services, they provide Gutter Cleaning in Auckland. These professionals can also help you with advice as to how often you should get your gutters cleaned, as this does vary due to environmental factors.